KATITHANDA CATTERY – CATS IN THE MIST

THE STORY BEHIND THE NAME & THE REASON WHY WE DO, WHAT WE DO.

The name Katithanda belongs to Australia’s largest most spectacular salt lake, Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre, one spanning hundreds of Kilometres and famous for it’s stunning mists and shimmering salt crystals. The name was chosen due to it’s Aboriginal heritage of the Arabana people and the Lake’s location, here in South Australia, where our cattery is located. The Australian Mist breed is the only cat breed to have originated from Australia, developed by my Mentor and breed coach Dr Truda Straede. As the only breeder of Australian Mists here in South Australia, we are so very fortunate to have our cattery lines stem directly from Dr Straede’s, and we have had the opportunity to work closely with her in developing our South Australian foundations.

I had always kept cats. Indeed, they were a big part of my growing up and have maintained a relatively constant presence throughout my life. Even when I first ventured out of my parents home, a cat – a beautiful chocolate seal point Birman boy going by the name Bailey, was the first thing I sought for companionship. In 2016, that year heralded in the return of breast cancer for me, after an initial scare in 2005, and a multitude of other health woes. An anxiousness and depression stemming from the cancer and subsequent treatments, led me to seek the comfort of what was familiar to me and the unconditional love that came from fostering kittens and homeless cats. I found it quite simple really, I loved them and in turn they loved me back.

A love for the Australian Mist was found, after a chance introduction to Dr Straede, and after a multitude of consistent emails back and forth on the breed (and breeding in general!) a pregnant chocolate Mist by the name of Grace with impeccable temperament and type found her way into my home.

Thus starts our story…

OUR BREEDING PROGRAM

AN OUTLINE OF OUR STANDARDS AND PRACTICE.

To us here at Katithanda Mists, breeding for good genetics and temperament is absolutely paramount. All our breeding cats are regularly vetted to ensure supreme health ( FIV, FeLV, and FIP negative) before joining and whilst in our breeding programs. We also perform coat colour testing, so we can properly plan and have more control over the litters born. In this way, we can breed to meet requests of potential new adoptive families and ensure that the majority of our kittens have loving homes to go to even before they are born.

I have been blessed to find great mentors, both here and interstate, and the Katithanda breeding program works in and with these other selected breeders, to improve and maintain the good standards already obtained within the breed. We hope that if you are reading this as an individual looking to adopt or reserve one of our kittens that you find this website informative and that you would feel free to ask of us any questions that you might have about our Australian Mists or the breed in general.

Many thanks and we hope to hear from you soon.

ADOPTING A KATITHANDA AUSTRALIAN MIST

HOW TO COMMENCE, WHERE WE ADVERTISE & THE GENERAL PROCESS.

Families looking to adopt a Katithanda Mist kitten can notify the Cattery by completing our Reservation Form. Submission of the form and payment of a partial NON-REFUNDABLE deposit, is the easiest and most certain way to ensure first pick (in order of reservation) of kittens when they are next due.

Customers that have sent a deposit will have their name placed on our reservation list.  Their position on this list will be determined by the date the money is deposited into our account. The entire deposit is then applied toward the cost of the kitten.

Upon a litter being born, customers are contacted in the order of reservation. At that time, the customer has the option of determining whether they will choose a kitten from that litter or wait for another. If the customer chooses to defer their adoption, their name remains on the reservation list in the same position previously held.

Katithanda Mists aim to breed our kittens to meet our customers demands. We hope to have the majority of our kittens securely homed before they are born. Should there be available kittens born still seeking their forever homes, these kittens will be advertised on our website on our Available Kittens page, social media platforms and through the utilization of various other advertising means as the Cattery sees fit.

Above all, we hope that each kitten is born and adopted to a family that will love him/her as much as we do.

PET INSURANCE

TWO MONTHS FREE* CAT INSURANCE

Katithanda Mists as a proud member of ANCATS, is delighted to offer our precious extended family 2 months’ FREE* Cat Insurance when they adopt a Katithanda Mists kitten. *Some conditions apply

ROYAL CANIN

KITTEN CARE BOOKLET, BRUSH & 2KG FREE KITTEN FOOD

Every Katithanda Mists kitten goes home with a Royal Canin® Kitten Pack to each new kitten owner

VACCINATED

ALL KITTENS & CATS WILL LEAVE TWICE VACCINATED AGAINST FELINE PARVOVIRUS, PLUS RESPIRATORY VIRUSES (HERPES AND CALICI)

TOILET TRAINED & > 12 WEEKS OLD

ALL KITTENS WILL BE LITTER TRAINED & OLDER THAN 12 WEEKS BEFORE LEAVING THEIR PARENTS

MICROCHIPPED WITH PEDIGREE PAPERS

KATITHANDA MIST KITTENS WILL BE MICROCHIPPED, REGISTERED & COME WITH THEIR PEDIGREE PAPERS

DESEXED

PET KITTENS & CATS WILL BE DESEXED PRIOR TO ADOPTION, UNLESS SOLD AS A BREEDER.